The 2019 Collective Stitch cross stitch event began on June 1 and runs through August 31.  Event shops will have a different cross stitch chart for visitors during the event.  Sponsors are Just Cross Stitch magazine who will be awarding 3 subscriptions and Sulky of America who will be awarding one full set of cotton petites threads and two half sets in drawings at the close of the event.  These drawings will be random and winners will be notified through the information provided on the drawing entry form.  To enter, you must visit at least one of the event shops and have the drawing code which is unique to each shop and found on the chart.  Here is a list of event shops grouped by state.


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With so many beautiful fabrics and threads available for stitching, it can be a challenge to make a decision when creating new designs.  While looking for a chart yesterday, I found the stitched piece on the left of the medallion chart I included with "Village Welcome" a Stitchers' Village Design release a few years ago.  I chose to re-stitch it in a monotone version, for some reason.  I also left off the rainbow border - apparently, because it would not, quite, be the same.    

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2019 bar wallgarden

On our cruise, we had seven sea days before arriving at the Canary Islands.  We have done transatlantic cruises, before, so we did not do many of the shore excursions.  We visited Santa Cruz de la Palma and took a UNESCO partner tour.  Bananas grow on the island and many of the homes had very charming gardens.  We also saw the natural wonder of Charco Azul and visited a rum distillery.  I have so many photos and will work on posting more in the future.  

Something I would like to note about the garden picture above.  I am under the influence of the video game Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which I started playing in December.  If you are familiar with the game, you may notice a resemblance between the rock wall in the photo above and features in the game which are very recognizable as a place to use a remote bomb and find treasure behind the walls.   These rocks were used to fill or patch holes in the hillsides in a lot of places on the islands we visited.  I have not ever played a game that left such an impression on me that it was brought to mind so much in the real world.  Good thing I did not try to use my paraglide ability. . . 

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